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LIEUTENANT-COLONEL H.F.L. HILTON-GREEN

Henry Francis Leonard Hilton-Green was born on the 23rd June 1886. After attending the Royal Military College he joined the 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment 6th June 1906 and was promoted to Lieutenant on the 7th October 1908. In 1910 the Regiment went to Shanghai, China.

Hilton-Green, taken in India in the 1920's.

Captain 24th october 1914.

28th November 1914 he was attached to the Divisional Cyclist Company.

1st January 1916 Mentioned in Despatch (Army Cyclist Corps)

14th January 1916 awarded the Military Cross (Gloucestershire Regt.) No citation.

6th December 1916 M.I.D. (Salonika)

1st May 1917 awarded French Legion d'honneur (5th Class). (6 awards to a Gloster)

25th April 1918 appointed to the Distinguished Service Order.

Citation: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in an attack on a village. He advanced across most difficult country, overcoming considerable opposition, and though part of his column was delayed, he attacked and cleared the village. He led his men with the greatest determination, and by his courageous leadership defeated a force of over double his own strenth."

September 1918 - July 1919 commanding officer, 10th battalion Devon Regiment.

5th June 1918 M.I.D. (Salonika)

11th June 1918 M.I.D. (Salonika)

20th September 1919 Awarded the Roumanian Order of the Star. (unique to a Gloster)

After the War he returned to the 2nd Glosters and went to India. 1922 - 26 he was appointed adjutant of the Simla Rifles. In 1928 he was 1 of only 10 men in the battalion who went to China in 1910 to return home to England with the Battalion. He retired in 1929, a Colonel, and settled in Somerset.

During the Second War he served as an Officer Commanding Troopship and was awarded the Atlantic Star. His only son was killed in Italy with the Coldstream Guards.

Hilton-Green died 20th January 1965 at Bradford Court, Bradford on Tone, Taunton, Somerset, aged 78. He left his estate to his daughter Judith.

From The Back Badge: "F.M. (Field Marshall), as he was affectionately called by his contemporaries, was much of an invalid during his later years, under the devoted care of his wife and daughter. In his long ordeal, he showed unending pluck and cheerfulness. A keen sportsman in his day and always, and ever, an absolute gentleman."


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